P114 - DERBY LOZENGE-SHAPED DISH
Circa 1780, blue crowned D mark, the flowers possibly by Withers
Painted with scattered roses, the Smith’s blue border gilt with stylized anthemion
12 in. (30.5 cm) long, 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) wide
Cleo M. and G. Ryland Scott Jr., Antique Porcelain Digest, Newport, England, 1961, p. 199, plate 172, fig. 640.
On display as in the “George Ryland Scott Collection” in The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art from June 1955 until May 1960.
NOTES BY CLEO M. AND G. RYLAND SCOTT, JR
These platters are excellent examples of the fine useful wares made at Darby during the second half of the 18th Century. This factory was unexcelled in England. The design would indicate the famous painter, Withers, who preceded the great Billingsley.
The blue enamel border is in the famous Smith blue over glaze. The Derby paste was so soft that no successful underglaze blue was ever used. As a result, an artist named Smith invented an over glaze blue which was not used at any other factory.